Presentation on theme: "Final Exam Preparation"— Presentation transcript:
1 Final Exam Preparation To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace. -George Washington
2 Do you feel like this when you start thinking about preparing for final exams?
3 After today you will know… Have a review of your learning & studying preferencesHow to fill your study toolboxWhat your study schedule is for final examsHelpful Tips to Achieve Successful StudyingOrganizeSpend Time WiselyStrategize to Overcome ProblemsTips for Taking a Final Exam
4 What is your learning preference? Before you can begin preparing, you need to understand how you learn best…AuditoryExperientialVisualComboWhat is yourlearning preference?
5 What is your studying preference? Group sessionsAloneWith distractionsWithout distractions (at library, etc.)Timed Studying-studies show we retain the first 20 and last 20 mins of a study sessionOther ways you prefer to study?
6 What is in your study toolbox? NotesTests from the semesterSnacksWater or CoffeeWatchComputerWhat else will you put in?
7 Organize – So you know where to start! When will you have time to study?168 hours in a weekBlock out committed times Work/School/Other required commitmentsBlock out sleep, eating, and personal readinessLook at times left and other needsWhen should the most difficult courses be studiedLet’s begin to make out your study plan Use handouts provided & Final Exam Schedule for Spring 2012
8 Organize – Study PlanFor each class identify difficulty and final exam preparation needsCumulative Exam?Percentage towards final grade?What materials should I study?Use syllabus and notes to determine topics to studyHow much emphasis was put on each topic area or chapter?Rate your level of knowledge(1=none to 10=completely comprehend)Based on all of the above, designate blocks of time you study for each course.Be sure to keep in mind how much time you have until your first exam and in between each examUse your “Exam Planner” to help organize!For each class, gather the relevant study materials, tools and equipment.For example, you’ll need your course outline, class notes and your text or lab manual. If you have study guides, lab exams and midterms, gather those as well. Make sure you have the correct answers for any exams.Make a list of the topics you’ve covered during the term or the year.This list of topics and estimate your current level of knowledge of this topic, on a scale from 1–10 and jot this number in pencil beside the topic heading.Based on these estimates, decide which topics to study first and which will take the longest.Once you have identified the most important and difficult topics, review your exam schedule to see how much time is available for this exam and assign a block of time for each topic.
9 Spend Time Wisely!! Plan for adequate sleep, exercise, and meals The remaining class and study times are precious – miss only for extreme reasons!!Watch your energy and anxiety levelsA little anxiety is a good thing—what if you have too much anxiety?Schedule time for adequate sleep, exercise and meals.Your brain depends on these to function.Be careful about the amount of coffee and soda you drink.Watch your energy and anxiety levels.Your ability to learn depends on your ability to concentrate!A little anxiety actually helps your motivation, but too much interferes with your ability to concentrate, interferes with sleep, and drains your energy.Too much anxiety, must be managed…how will you manage? Exercise, relaxation techniques, etc.
10 Strategize to Overcome Problems Pay attention to your attentionAgree with Roommates about study timeTurn off the phone/TV/FacebookLearn to say “no”Hang out a “do not disturb” signAvoid noise distractionsAre you letting others misuse your time?Pay attention to your attention – Be aware of your internal interruptions. If you keep interrupting your studying to remind yourself of something, decide to do it before studying or write yourself a note to do at a later time.Agree with roommates about study time – Make the rules clear to roommates, parents, spouses and kids. Once they are set, stick to them and follow them yourself.Turn off the phone– Stay off the phone when you are trying to study. Simply say “I can’t talk right now, I’m studying.” Most people will understand if it has to do with your education.Learn to say “no”– Saying “no” to a request can be done effectively and courteously. Others want you to succeed as a student and will understand if you say you cannot do something because you are busy studying.Hang a “do not disturb” sign on your door – This will let others know that you are working.Avoid noise distractions – Studying in a quiet environment is best; library, designated study area, etc.Notice how others misuse your time – Be aware of repeat offenders who interrupt your studying. If avoiding the interrupter is impractical, then send a clear message
11 Strategize to Overcome Problems When you get stuck…What is one task I can accomplish?Am I being too hard on myself?Does this need to be perfect?Can I do just one more thing?What is the best use of my time right now?Can I delegate this?How did I just waste time? (cleaning bathroom)
12 Strategize to Overcome Problems Avoid Procrastination…Make your plans a part of public recordStudy with othersStep back and check your progress from time to timeBegin by Using the 5 minute planVerbalize your excusesVisualize success or completionFind a reward
13 Tips for Taking a Final Exam What is your mind set?Preview all questions before beginning!!!Plan your time/Points/WeightedMind Dump/Anxiety ReductionRead each question carefullyLook for specifics in the directions for each sectionGuess – leave nothing blank!Take the entire time allotted - Be last to FinishReview test, be sure it is complete